The Edge Talk on Friday 1 July 2016 featured Dr Joyce Lee of the University of Michigan who discussed “The maker movement: a model for healthcare transformation?”

The Maker movement is a do it yourself technology-based movement that espouses creativity and tinkering in community settings, and is creating innovative health solutions across the globe, yet most healthcare stakeholders are unaware of “makers” and the maker movement. In this webinar, Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, will talk about the maker movement, its impact inside the health community, and principles that can support the application of this movement to the healthcare enterprise.

Dr. Lee provided a definition for the maker movement and discussed the story of how making has transformed a type 1 diabetes community, by describing the story of the Nightscout Project, which is a do-it-yourself mobile technology system that was created by a father of boy with type 1 diabetes and then scaled through global collaboration and social media. Dr. Lee then spoke about her work leading a collaborative innovation network called HealthDesignBy.Us, which supports patients as experts and “makers” in the creation of tools, technologies, and systems for health, and will discuss challenges and opportunities with this work.

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Dr. Joyce Lee, “Doctor as Designer” is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health. She conducts clinical and outcomes research focused on children with obesity and diabetes, leads local and national quality improvement initiatives focused on individuals with type 1 diabetes, provides clinical care for children with diabetes at Mott Children’s Hospital, and applies the methods of design and participatory design through her work with  She has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, is the recipient of multiple NIH grants and serves as the Social Media/Web Editor for the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Pediatrics. You can follow Joyce on Twitter at @joyclee and find out more about her here:

The following video is also available to view in advance of the session

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the maker movement
  • Learn about how the maker movement has made an impact within the global diabetes community
  • Think about applying the model of the maker movement to support patient-centered participatory design
  • Provide support for the notion that we are all makers of health, particularly patients

Consider why the maker movement is an excellent opportunity for collective learning, collaboration and community building

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